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What's in Store for States on Federal ESSA Oversight

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has the tools to hold states' feet to the fire on implementation of the federal K-12 law, but advocates remain wary about how aggressively her team will use them. (September 25, 2018)

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In this Spotlight, learn what ESSA's implementation will mean for teacher evaluation, early-childhood programs, literacy, and more.

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At a Glance: U.S. Secretaries of Education
he U.S. Department of Education has had 11 secretaries since its birth as a Cabinet-level department in 1980. Check out these pages for a deep look at each secretary's tenure, challenges, and accomplishments.

Special Report: ESSA on the Runway
The Every Student Succeeds Act makes its classroom debut this fall. Here’s a look at where things stand after more than two years of preparation by states and school districts that must make ESSA legislative blueprint a reality.

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What is the "Weighted Student Funding Pilot", how do select states plan to use Title II funding, and how does ESSA influence state flexibility in determining teacher evaluation criteria?

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This spring, dozens of teachers who were elected to their state legislatures got a crash course in civics—and a wake-up call on the difficulties of moving well-intentioned ideas into laws.
June 12, 2019 – Education Week
A new team will be devoted full time to providing technical support to schools and districts in the aftermath of hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and other disasters.
June 12, 2019 – Education Week
Texas will allow more teachers to have guns in school and will increase mental health services for students under bills that Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law as major parts of the state's response to a 2018 mass shooting at a high school near Houston.
June 6, 2019 – AP
A judge has ruled that New Hampshire's current method for funding public schools is unconstitutional, two decades after a series of court decisions that said the state has a duty to provide and pay for an adequate education.
June 6, 2019 – AP
Teachers in West Virginia walked out of the classroom last year and sparked a national wave of strikes. They walked out this year too. Now they're being tested again.
June 5, 2019 – AP
Officials say the massive influx of immigrant children from Central American countries has created a budget crunch. Educators and advocates called the move inhumane and illegal.
June 12, 2019 – Education Week
Lawmakers are considering legislation that would put limits on the state’s charter school sector and give districts broader discretion to deny applications.
June 3, 2019 – Education Week
Policymakers feel the squeeze as popular support for increased education funding collides with an aversion to taxes and the education bureaucracy.
June 5, 2019 – Quality Counts
The House subcommittee that handles the U.S. Department of Education's budget unveiled its spending proposal last week. This was a chance for newly empowered House Democrats to show just how far apart they are from Trump on issues like Title I, Title IV, and other programs Trump wants to eliminate.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
The annual list of how much states get in the way of federal Title I funding is released by the Congressional Research Service.
May 1, 2019 – Education Week

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